Members of the congregation at Newmarket’s Roman Catholic church have welcomed in a new Father to the parish.
Father Simon Blakeseley has taken over at the Fred Archer Way church following the retirement of Father Michael Griffin.
“After much reflection and prayer I have come to the decision that, in my present state of health I can no longer fulfil my role as parish priest of Newmarket,” said Mr Griffin.
“I would like to thank you all for your support and encouragement during these past 10 years. Please keep me in and the parish in your prayers as I keep all of you in mine.”
Mr Blakesley has arrived at the church following a spell at the St Henry Morse Roman Catholic Church in Diss.
Original from Caterham in Surrey Mr Blakesley was ordained a deacon in June 1989.
Mr Blakesley’s first parish appointment upon the completion of a two-year masters degree/licentiate in canon law at the University of St Paul in Ottawa in 1991, was as second curate at St George’s in Norwich.
In 1995 Mr Blakesley was sent on to work in Beccles where he remained until 2003 when he took up his former post the St Henry Morse Roman Catholic Church in Diss.